Interview with Sue Dwan

What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy novels and other works from New Zealand authors Elizabeth Knox, Witi Ihimaera, Lloyd Jones, Hone Tuwhare and Patricia Grace. I always have personal development type books on the go as well and when I travel overseas, buying a mystery/crime novel at the airport, before departure, is compulsory.
When did you first start writing?
I always enjoyed writing as a child and I remember writing a comedy radio script at one stage, influenced by listening to a British comedy radio play about Julius Caesar. I loved its clever word play and the British sense of humour. I still enjoy playing with words, telling stories and having fun with them, at the same time.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting my desk set up, drinking numerous cups of tea, focusing only on what I am writing about, and becoming completely transported to another world. Time passes in a flash and hours goes by without my realising it. At the end, if I feel I have conveyed the information I want to convey, in the right way, then I'm happy.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can't remember the first story but I vividly remember the moment when, in learning to read, all the orphan words finally joined up and made sense and everything just clicked. It literally stopped me in my tracks.
Describe your desk
I'd like to say it is tidy, but it isn't. I write little 'to-do' notes to myself and put them in my open glasses case, so I can see them out of the corner of my eye. The priority task is at the front of the pile, so that's the one I attempt to do before the end of the day. Sometimes my good intentions are just that - a good intention.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A number of things: joy that I'm alive and well and have a day ahead of me; anticipation at what the day will bring my way; and if I am in the middle of a particular project that has captured my imagination, then I can hardly wait to get into my office to get on with it.
Published 2017-08-13.
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